Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Dark Habits (Pedro Almodóvar, 1983)

***
Spain



A schizophrenic, gravely disturbed and thoroughly straight-faced farce about a nightclub singer hiding out in an under-funded convent, where the nuns show perfectly earnest compulsions towards cocaine, acid, lesbianism, masturbation, self-harm, bodice-rippers and jungle animals. The movie is unfocused and overlong, but even in his early days Almodóvar could elevate camp to moments of exaltation.

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